Pie for a Purpose

Angie’s “famous” Apple Pie is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

As a special fundraiser for our upcoming family mission trip in January, we are offering these pies for sale to raise money for our trip! If you have enjoyed these pies in the past, consider ordering a few for yourself, or as a gift in time for Thanksgiving!

To read more about our upcoming missions trip, please visit: URBANS ON MISSION HERE

Maybe you are thinking… “I don’t really need pie, but I do want to support your mission with a financial donation directly.”

WELL THANKS! Go right ahead then!

Help financially support the Urban on Mission

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Indicate “URBAN FAMILY” under the Sponsor field. We truly appreciate your support!

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 UPDATE: THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PIE SUPPORTERS! We successfully raised $280 in Pie sales towards our missions trip!
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31 Days Project // Day 24 // Writing off Travel Expenses

Welcome to 31 Days to an Organized Life & Business! For the month of October I will be a participant in The Nester’s 31 days Writing Challenge. Taking some of my own advice and taking you along on my journey to a life reset. I’ll be sharing (and practicing) some tips on everything from bookkeeping, shopping, managing kids, intentional parenting, work from home mom syndrome, work/life balance, spiritual reset and more. Not because I am the expert in these fields, but because they have worked for me in the past, and I so badly need them to work again for me now.

When I say I need this reset I’m not even kidding. When I say I’ll be writing about it, I don’t mean, I’m going to talk about past advice or something that worked once for me 3 years ago. I mean I’m going to hit publish on this blog post, and then go and do what I am writing about today.  That is all I can commit to for today. Which means, if you can relate to any of this, I invite you along on this 31 day journey. Watch me triumph or fail, but I’ll be here daily to give you updates. I’d love if you joined me, and keep me posted on your progress as well. There’s hope and support in community here. 

If you missed Day 1, or would like to catch up on any other day, click the link on the right hand side or right here.

Be sure to also follow along on Instagram as I post updates throughout the day. #31daystoreset @Angelsea Urban

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Welcome to Day 24: Writing off Travel Expenses

 


 

There has been a lot of debate lately about the ability to deduct travel costs for out of town work assignments on your Federal and State Income Taxes.

 

Surprisingly, most people are under the impression that if they book an event out of town, they can plan a vacation around it, and take a significant tax deduction on the entire trip.

 

This is not necessarily the case.

 

To quote directly from nolo.com:

 

If you travel overnight for business, you can deduct your airfare, accommodations, rental cars, and other travel expenses. Economy is not an issue for the IRS — you may fully deduct your costs, even if you stay at four-star hotels and enjoy the comforts of a first-class cabin.

However, most people do not travel to a distant city and spend every waking moment working — time may also be spent seeing the sights and visiting friends. The IRS has created a set of rules delineating what costs are deductible and how much of a trip must be business-related in order to deduct its costs. These rules depend on where you travel and how long you stay.

If you travel within the United States, transportation costs (air and cab fare, for example) are deductible as long as you spend at least half of your trip on business — for example, buying merchandise or meeting with manufacturers. On days when you are carrying out business, you may also deduct your “destination” expenses, such as hotel costs, 50% of your meal expenses (see below for more on this 50% rule), local transportation (including car rental), and telephone charges.

On days when you are not working, destination costs cannot be deducted. Similarly, the costs related to a spouse or other companion accompanying you cannot be deducted unless that person is your employee and is traveling for a reason genuinely related to your business.

If you travel outside the United States, the rules depend on the length of your trip. If your trip is shorter than seven days, you can deduct your transportation costs and the destination expenses for days you spend working. If your trip lasts more than seven days and you spend more than 75% of your time on business — for example, you spend eight of ten days at a business conference — the same rules apply. However, if you spend between 50% and 75% of your time on business, you may deduct only the business percentage of your transportation costs (you can still deduct destination costs for the days you spend working). And if you spend less than 50% of your time working, none of your costs are deductible.

Although these rules may already seem complicated, there are many more that are too detailed to cover here. Because there has been a lot of taxpayer abuse, the IRS has really gone to town in imposing restrictions on travel deductions. As a result, there are special rules for cruises, conventions, side trips, and more. For all the details, read IRS Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses.

by: Rich Stim, Attorney

 

 What does that mean in English? (Disclaimer: Contact your tax accountant and ask them about your unique situation.)

 

See if the trip you just booked would qualify as a business expense before you go hog wild on Mai Tais and scooter rentals. Just because you are at an event that sounds like “work” doesn’t mean your 10-day vacation built around it will be money in your pocket. Sometimes it does work out that way, but sometimes it doesn’t. Confirming your situation and travel schedule is key.

 

If you have made this mistake in the past, fear not.

 

What happens if you deducted more than you should? What is your actual risk?

 

If you accidentally deducted a $10,000 European Vacation. As a wedding photographer you were commissioned to photograph a wedding in Italy, and then decided to bring your whole family along for a 10 day adventure.  You spent 1 day, of your 10 days photographing the wedding, and the rest of your time on vacation in Italy.

 

What would happen (in the event of an audit)?

The $10,000 that you deducted, gets re-added to your income and your taxes are recalculated based on that amount. You will be assessed a penalty for underreporting your income (probably no more than 5% of the amount) and will be assessed interest on the difference in the amount you would have owed in taxes, but didn’t pay, because you underreported.

 

In this instance, you may be looking at a $500 penalty + interest (depending on how many years back the IRS is reporting you) of a few hundred dollars. No, you will not go to jail for this, assuming this is your first time and that you deliberately were not trying to scam the government out of their share of your paycheck.

 

Surprisingly, the IRS is very accommodating. If you owe any amount of back taxes and are underwater with how to catch up, the IRS is usually willing to work out a payment plan in good faith. You can present your case with what you can legitimately afford to pay and in most cases, they accommodate you with little to no penalty at all. If you continue to make payments on time, there is no cause for concern or further recourse.

 

What are 3 ways you can be sure to stay organized with your business expenses?

 

  1. Have a separate payment method.

I usually recommend keeping a separate debit card for your business account so that each time you run to the post office, or staples for printer paper, you can ring up a separate transaction for business expenses. If you do NOTHING MORE other than use a separate card for all things business, it is so much easier at the end of the year to filter through.

 

  1. Keeping up with your books.

We talked about finding a method that works for you, but really, it’s as easy as finding a method that works for you. Maybe it’s a shoe box that you stuff your receipts in and then dump it into a spreadsheet, but whatever your system is, keeping up with it regularly will help you to be able to review it and make better business decisions.

 

What if you suddenly realized that you are paying through the roof in lab fees? Maybe it’s time to reconsider who you are using and save on costs. How will you know this, if you cannot review it.

 

  1. Consider outsourcing your bookkeeping.

With so many things available to be outsourced, if your honestly can’t be bothered with it, seriously consider hiring someone to manage it for you. You will be surprised how inexpensive it is compared to what you may be thinking.

 

And if your second thought is…. “but they can’t see how messy and unorganized I am” believe me when I tell you…

 

If you were perfectly prepared, then there would NOT be bookkeepers in the world.

 

They. Have. Seen. Worse. Than. Yours……. Guaranteed.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to reach out to one near you and start the conversation of what life would look like if you outsourced this area of your business.

 

 

And the next time you are out to dinner with your spouse, talking about business strategies, marketing or how to cut costs, be sure to save that receipt and use your “other” debit card, because THAT totally counts!;-)

 

Thanks for visiting today!

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5x7sDad-105Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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October 25, 2014 - 3:40 am

Tara Peddicord - This is so helpful, thank you!! As is the reminder that one mistake isn’t going to land me in jail. ;)

31 Days Project // Day 23 // Developing a Business Strategy that suits your Lifestyle

Welcome to 31 Days to an Organized Life & Business! For the month of October I will be a participant in The Nester’s 31 days Writing Challenge. Taking some of my own advice and taking you along on my journey to a life reset. I’ll be sharing (and practicing) some tips on everything from bookkeeping, shopping, managing kids, intentional parenting, work from home mom syndrome, work/life balance, spiritual reset and more. Not because I am the expert in these fields, but because they have worked for me in the past, and I so badly need them to work again for me now.

When I say I need this reset I’m not even kidding. When I say I’ll be writing about it, I don’t mean, I’m going to talk about past advice or something that worked once for me 3 years ago. I mean I’m going to hit publish on this blog post, and then go and do what I am writing about today.  That is all I can commit to for today. Which means, if you can relate to any of this, I invite you along on this 31 day journey. Watch me triumph or fail, but I’ll be here daily to give you updates. I’d love if you joined me, and keep me posted on your progress as well. There’s hope and support in community here. 

If you missed Day 1, or would like to catch up on any other day, click the link on the right hand side or right here.

Be sure to also follow along on Instagram as I post updates throughout the day. #31daystoreset @Angelsea Urban

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Welcome to Day 23: Developing a Business Strategy that suits your Lifestyle for Creative Business Owners

 

I have one of these. I am one of these. I totally get it. The words “Business Management” may not even be on your radar. But it totally needs to be. Without the proper business management systems in place, you might find yourself hating your camera, your paintbrush, your cupcakes, your accessories, fill in the blank. Running a creative business, as a creative, is difficult to navigate. It is difficult to turn a profit in a creative business. Taxes, Profit & Loss statements, licenses, insurances –   these are all making your eye twitch just reading them aren’t they? How much do you charge for your services? What should your packages be set up to be? How do you know when you are spending too much in one area?

 

Not to mention… you are a creative… which means… the lifestyle you innately desire does not revolve around spreadsheets and number crunching. Your radar most likely consists of when you get to create next. What will the glorious light look like in that field at sunset? How quickly can you get to a pen or a keyboard because the words are pouring out of you? What flavors can you combine today? What music moved you this morning? The amazing conversation you had with your child as you explored the forest on a nature hike.

 

If you are attempting to earn a living using your creative gifts as a business owner, it is absolutely necessary to put a little bit of attention to the business model area of your life. Similarly how we talked about “Lara” and the fact that I simply just can’t tell her to sit at her desk Monday, Wednesday and Friday to do her bookkeeping…. I would encourage you to take a good, hard look, at what you can do.

 

 

Let’s get 100% real for just a moment….

 

If you thought you would work on your business 40 hours a week, and for the past 6 months the reality has been that you can only bear to do “business” stuff maybe for 1 day a week, in between other stuff, then the reality is your are not building a business that will fit into your current lifestyle.

 

Something has to give.

 

Either you strap on the boots and go full force to 40 hours a week and actually do everything you said you needed to do to fulfill that business model…

 

OR….

 

You redevelop a realistic business plan that will allow you the freedom to put your priorities in order. That what matters most in your life, the thing that is really taking up all of your time during the week, to be the area where you continue to put all of your efforts into.

 

Maybe you are a mom. And you work on your business from home while you are raising your kids. Maybe some days you should be out marketing your business, but your son was sick and you felt it better to stay home and care for him.

 

Or maybe he wasn’t even sick. Maybe you looked over and saw that he had grown 3 inches since the last time you took a good, hard look, and suddenly you realize how precious life is, and that you just want to spend more time with your family.

 

But you still want to run a business. Just maybe not in the same way as when you first started out.

 

Back when you thought you had something to prove and now you’ve circled back and realize the only person you were competing against was yourself. You know now that you are enough, just as you are. Your business success does not define you, and maybe what once was a source of happiness, income and creativity, feels like a pressure cooker.

 

OR…

 

Maybe you have it in your gut to dream big and huge and give it all you’ve got until you’ve got nothing left to give. Your work is your stamp on this world, your legacy, and you’ve got the focus, determination and drive of an Olympic athletic fighting for their life. Nothing will stop you from reaching your goal. Nothing. You feel a great sense of accomplishment with each step you take, and the reward you receive doesn’t even matter, it knowing you did what you set out to do. Your creative soul cannot rest until you allow whatever is in you to get out onto the paper, canvas, music, camera, or whatever medium you use. Business schmizness… it’s not about that…. But you do it because it’s necessary.

 

I’m not here to tell which plan is right for you, or that there are only these two scenarios above.

 

My question to you today is…

 

What is your plan, your business model, and does it align with the lifestyle that matters most to you?

 

And ….. When was the last time you evaluated that?

 

If you need to step up your game, then set a tangible plan in motion to make that happen. Buckle down and make the sacrifices that you had been putting off. Gain the support you need from your family, or friends.

 

Put to paper all that is on your heart to take it to the next level. Break it down into small steps and tackle them one by one. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. You’ve got this. You really do. Just keep at it.

 

But….

 

If your lifestyle feels like your priorities are upside down, I challenge you today to set a plan in motion to change the course. Set yourself up for success to lead the life you promised yourself you would.

 

Stop telling yourself that Tomorrow will just be different because ____________. What about the last 6 months? The last year? The next year? What do you really want that to look like?

 

It’s okay not to have the answer you thought you would have. It really, really is.

 

If that means downshifting your business plan to make more time for family, then give yourself permission to do so. Create an Exit Strategy, a DownSize Plan, or Redefine your current Business Model to accommodate the Lifestyle that you are recommitting to. Take a step back and evaluate what matters most in your life, then create a list of 5 small steps that you can take right now to get you there. Start with 5 and take it from there.

 

Try to resist the temptation to just throw in the towel altogether. You were given these creative gifts for a reason. You don’t have to attach them to being a FULL TIME Business Owner. But you totally can create a business plan that works for your lifestyle.

 

The real one. In this season.

 

 

After that you can get right back to dreaming about design, landscapes, frosting, and paint colors. Frolicking in the fields of gold, maybe with your kids or maybe even retiring early with a successful saleable business.

 

I have been on both sides of this fence in my life, and I can say with certainty these are definitely NOT the only two choices either. I am happy to share my experience with anyone who asks, send me a message and we can totally chat.

 

If you are looking for some hands on detailed help, consider looking into it further here.

My hope is that you do give this some thought today. Even if it’s just for today. That this will plant a small seed in your heart to evaluate your plan, even if just to confirm your current one.

 

Thanks for visiting today!

 

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban

5x7sDad-105Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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October 31, 2014 - 5:12 am

Angela Sangalang - Your words inspire me. They stoke this fire in my belly and makes me want to jump in completely…even when your words are telling me to evaluate my lifestyle and I know I can’t and don’t want to abandon what I’m doing now to jump into the small business I also want to enter.

October 23, 2014 - 9:30 am

rachelle - This is so good. You have such a way of breaking everything down and making life seem so much easier to deal with!

31 Days Project // Day 22 // 3 Marketing Tips that have nothing to do with Social Media

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Welcome to 31 Days to an Organized Life & Business! For the month of October I will be a participant in The Nester’s 31 days Writing Challenge. Taking some of my own advice and taking you along on my journey to a life reset. I’ll be sharing (and practicing) some tips on everything from bookkeeping, shopping, managing kids, intentional parenting, work from home mom syndrome, work/life balance, spiritual reset and more. Not because I am the expert in these fields, but because they have worked for me in the past, and I so badly need them to work again for me now.

When I say I need this reset I’m not even kidding. When I say I’ll be writing about it, I don’t mean, I’m going to talk about past advice or something that worked once for me 3 years ago. I mean I’m going to hit publish on this blog post, and then go and do what I am writing about today.  That is all I can commit to for today. Which means, if you can relate to any of this, I invite you along on this 31 day journey. Watch me triumph or fail, but I’ll be here daily to give you updates. I’d love if you joined me, and keep me posted on your progress as well. There’s hope and support in community here. 

If you missed Day 1, or would like to catch up on any other day, click the link on the right hand side or right here.

Be sure to also follow along on Instagram as I post updates throughout the day. #31daystoreset @Angelsea Urban

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Welcome to Day 22: 3 Marketing Tips that have NOTHING to do with Social Media

 

More and more people are turing away from Facebook daily. Not because social media is the enemy, but for a number of personal and business reasons that vary all over the spectrum. More people have pondered the idea, but the #1 objection I have heard is, “but I use Facebook for business”. 

 

Coming from a person who adores Facebook marketing and what it has done for my business, I have uttered those very words myself. However, Marketing 101 will tell you never to put all of your eggs in one basket. Always to diversify your marketing portfolio because at any given moment the tides can changes and you already need to have something in the hopper when that happens.

 

So for those that have built their business on Facebook alone, what are some other ways to generate business without having to use Facebook or rely on Social Media so heavily?

 

1. Business Cards

I know. It’s so 1996 but carrying around business cards that stand out is the new “unique” form of personal marketing. Tangible is latest trend amid the technology boom and although we want an iPad size phone on our face for calls, we suddenly ooooh and ahhhh over something pretty to touch in our hands. It might fall in a purse, get stuck in the dash of a car, or even a pocket. That’s not the point. The point is that one day that purse gets cleaned out and they see your name. Again. And remember that amazing conversation they had with you when you gave them your pitch of what it is that you and what you were trying to sell them. Don’t have a pitch? Get one. You should work on that so you can deliver it on a dime when you hand out your business card.

Where?

As my friend Kathy would say, it’s to the cashier at the grocery store who commented on your camera mug. It’s to the dental assistant who asks how business is going. It’s to the PTA mom who inquired about a wedding for her sister’s friend’s cousin. All of them.

 

2. Freebies

If you are a photographer, the cost of printing a 16×20 canvas to decorate your pediatricians office will be worth it’s weight in gold. Stop by every doctors office, dental office, pre school, wedding venue, florist and stationary shop you know. Ask them if you can decorate their offices for free with your canvases. The number of people who will see your work will far outweigh the costs to produce the items. Set aside a marketing budget for this project and then decide how many products you can afford to produce. Narrow your market based on the number of products you have. Don’t forget to stop by the offices monthly at least to chat with the staff and see if anyone has noticed or inquired. Be sure to leave some business cards at the office in case they do.

 

3. Direct Mailing

Having a promo? Are you trying to attract families with babies to tell them that there is a photographer in town for their children? For a small investment you can buy a filtered list of demographics specific to the targeted area you are trying to advertise to. For a bit more time, you could likely research it yourself, but time is money and for a small amount I would be inclined to make a small investment to get my marketing materials in qualified buyers hands. Consider a 5×7 postcard with all the information for your promo delivered to the hands of every mom in town that meets your ideal client exactly.

 

Facebook was great for business for a long time. We had tons of free advertising and no one can doubt the benefits it had for businesses. But like any business, they had to shift gears too, and now it’s harder for businesses to reach their potential clients so we all have to make some concessions and move forward.

 

Personally, I have seen a shift in my clients shying away from Facebook lately. The solid referral system that was in place for many years simply is not the same that it was years ago. Over the winter when shooting time slows down, and back end business stuff gets some solid attention, I will be implementing some of these marketing strategies again into my 2015 Marketing Plan. Budgeting for them now will save me the scrutiny of trying to decide if the investment will be worth it later. It will just become a necessary line item along with internet service, and printing costs.

 

Have any tips that worked especially well in your area? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

 

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban

5x7sDad-105Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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October 22, 2014 - 7:39 am

Joni James - Awesome ideas! I wicked need to work on my pitch. The teller at my bank asked about a session the other day and not only did I not offer her a card, I stuttered and flailed and otherwise did a horrible job. I’m going to research direct mailing too!

Exciting Urban Family news!

This January, The Urban Family will be traveling to the Island of Exuma on an international Short Term Missions Trip. We will be traveling with a team from our church, Bayside Chapel and working with Starve Poverty International to reach out to the community of people in Exuma. Starve Poverty has been working alongside the people of Exuma for years and has the resources and knowledge necessary to execute a short-term mission trip.

 

 

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WHY EXUMA?   WHY THE URBANS?   WHY ARE YOU BRINGING THE KIDS? 

With a small population largely spread out through the country, the biggest need is stable housing that sustains storms. Unlike the United States, shelters are not readily available and homes are often lost, to be rebuilt with extremely limited means. Older homes that have survived are often one room, with no bathroom or kitchen.

As a community that was directly impacted with Superstorm Sandy, this factor hit home for us. How easily we had safe shelters from the storm, food and water readily available, round the clock workers to restore power, and ample gasoline available at any station to drive to any place we needed. Donations or insurance to cover damages, and even donations by the garage full of clothing, canned goods and supplies as we put the pieces back together. The volunteers were plentiful and the community came together to help each other put the pieces back together.

We witnessed the devastation in our small hometown, and surrounding areas. Our children saw first hand what it takes to rebuild something after it was destroyed, and most importantly, how important it is to help others. To serve them, to give to them, and to minister to them. We worked with other families and helped clean out destroyed homes, serve food, distribute clothing. Even how small acts of bringing hot coffee to construction workers in the snow can make a huge difference.

 

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Specifically on this trip, our team will be doing some construction, and building a bathroom for one of the local homes.

Beyond helping to meet some physical needs, we will also have an opportunity to visit some elementary schools in the area and lead children’s events. This is a valuable opportunity for our family to participate in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ while being His hands and feet for the community of people in Exuma.

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We feel called to serve in missions specifically as a family with young children. Our children will not only be coming along, but will be participating as well. They will be assigned alongside the adults to help where needed and to reach out to the community of adults and children of the island. We believe this experience will leave a lasting impression on our children and we hope this will help to cultivate their passion to serve others, leaving a permanent impact on their lives. That the experiences they have can be shared with their peers, impacting our local community, and generating future interest for other families with young children to have the same opportunity. We felt Exuma and Starve Poverty was the perfect match for this vision, and are extremely excited about this opportunity to partner with them. We are blessed to be able serve along side them, for their willingness to allow us to serve as a family, and be included in this mission trip.

Harmony and Greyson are very excited for this opportunity as well. Specifically after we found out about the Exuma swimming pigs, but truly because they have both been given a compassionate heart and are interested in what they can do to help. Greyson is curious if the children have Legos (which, I’m guessing, no) so he is working on ways he can bring them some legos to enjoy. Harmony will be spending her birthday on the island, which we thought, might be an issue at first, but she is actually very excited to be able to celebrate her birthday while on a missions trip.

 

 

WHERE IS EXUMA? 

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Nestled between Cuba and the Bahama Islands. From the looks of a google image search, it’s a stunning landscape that looks like paradise. Reminds us of a our trip to Turks & Caicos and made us think how often we visit resort looking areas not thinking about the families of the locals that live there and the conditions among them.

 

 

 

 

We need your help!:-)

 

1. Prayer: You can help by covering our family and our team in prayer for this life-changing experience! For preparedness for our children (who will be 7 and 11 years old) to be equipped to serve alongside adults and other children their own age. Also for the health and saftey of our family and our team.

 

2. Share our need: You can help by sharing our need with others through your social media outlets and to other missions supporters.

 

3. Financial Assistance: You can help by financially supporting our family on this mission. To be fully funded for this trip, we will need to raise $1100 per person (x 4). The funds will cover all airfare, lodging in a dorm, all meals and transportation on the island. Any excess funds raised will be used to purchase supplies for donations for the community of people on the Island, as pricing for the simplist supply is extraordinary.

 

To make a tax deductible donation, click below to donate directly to Bayside Chapel. Please notate in the SPONSOR field: EXUMA – THE URBANS

 

Other donations made on our youcaring site, or directly to our family, are accepted, but are not tax deductible.

Our family is thankful for this opportunity to serve and we are so very grateful for your support!

Joyfully in Christ,

The Urban Family
Steve, Angie, Harmony & Greyson

Help financially support the Urban Family on Mission

Help financially support the Urban Family on Mission

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October 22, 2014 - 2:30 am

Kristin Ungerecht - So excited for you guys!! :)